Is the Scientific Method Adaptable to the Study of Social Work? A Focus on the Comparative Study of Cultural Differences

By Jinman Kyonne.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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A number of social work studies have focused on the qualitative and quantitative understanding of human behavior and social phenomena. In particular, in the 21st century, as the number of comparative studies in international social work has increased, it is necessary to determine if the scientific method is reasonable for studying cultural differences. However, there has been little effort in the discussion of the methodology issue in the comparative study of diverse cultures. The work reported in this study suggests that there are methodological alternatives that allow an in-depth understanding of cultural diversities by minimizing standardized measurement distortions.

Keywords: Scientific Method, Cultural Diversity, Comparative Study

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 29, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 263.831KB)).

Prof. Jinman Kyonne

Professor, Department of Public Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

Jinman Kyonne is a professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies(HUFS) in South Korea. He has achieved bachelor and master degrees in Public Administration at HUFS and master and Ph. D. degrees in Social Work at the University of Missouri-Columbia in U.S. Research and teaching interests include social welfare policy, child care, program evaluation, policy analysis, organization theories and international social work. His research has appeared in various journals including Perspectives on Social Work, Global Studies Journal, and International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, etc.